Senior Stars Prepare for Match Play Conclusion

By Golf Channel NewsroomMay 11, 2001, 4:00 pm
Bob Charles bettered his age by a stroke, as the left-hander from New Zealand went around the Boone Valley Country Club in 64 strokes Friday.
At 8-under-par 136, the 65-year-old finished part of a four-way tie for the lead at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship.
The other three who ended on the leading mark were Tom Watson (66), Hale Irwin (68) and Dave Stockton (69). Leonard Thompson (68) was two strokes back at minus-six, and Jim Thorpe (68), Tom Kite (66) and
Bob Gilder (69) were three off the pace.
Not that it really matters though. Now the fun begins for the clan of 50-and-overs. The top-16 players following Fridays second round will advance into Saturdays third round, whereby match play becomes the rule.
The No. 1 finisher (Irwin) will face the No. 16 slot (Lanny Wadkins), the No. 2 position will play the No. 15, and so forth.
Whatever fate the weekend brings, for Charles at least, it was Fridays round that hell most likely never forget.
Im more excited about that than anything else, Charles exclaimed of his superb score.
The 64 matched his best round in competition since the second round of the 1998 Kroger Senior Classic, and he is now in position to take his 24th victory on the Senior Tour.
Not if Irwin, Watson and the rest of the gang have anything to do with it, however. They all seemed to stick with the same basic game plan during the first two days, and it has thus far payed off.
I didnt want to play too conservatively, but I didnt want to be so aggressive that I made some mistakes out there, commented Irwin following his round.
Watson echoed his thoughts.
My objective was to try and qualify among the top-16 players today and thats what I did. It seemed like most players were just trying to stay ahead of the pack.
Now the pack narrows down to 16. Unfortunately, for those who win their matches, they will be playing upwards of 36 holes on both Saturday and Sunday.
Day Three matchups are as follows:
Mike Hill vs. Tom Shaw ' 7:30am
Jim Dent vs. Dewitt Weaver ' 7:40am
J.C. Snead vs. Dale Douglass ' 7:50am
Babe Hiskey vs. Jim Albus ' 8:00am
Hale Irwin vs. Lanny Wadkins ' 8:10am
Tom Kite vs. Gil Morgan ' 8:20am
Bob Charles vs. Ted Goin ' 8:30
Leonard Thompson vs. John Jacobs ' 8:40am
Dave Stockton vs. Terry Mauney ' 8:50am
Jim Thorpe vs. Vicente Fernandez ' 9:00am
Tom Watson vs. Allen Doyle ' 9:10am
Bob Gilder vs. Bruce Summerhays ' 9:20am

Full-field scores from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.